How to Read All Passages in Required Time

ACT Reading Tutorial

How to Read All Passages in Required Time


My ACT Reading score was horrendous. I was so mad because I actually enjoy reading. But my problem was, I didn’t read fast enough. After studying test prep for about a month to figure out how to get my ACT score actually reflect my skills, I cracked the code and raised my Reading ACT score by 8 points.

Sample Problem

You’re 3/4 of the way done with the Reading part of the ACT and you feel very confident. But you look at the clock and discover you have 5 minutes to do 10 more questions AND read the last portion. With not enough time to do both, you’ll probably skim and make the best guess you can. Sadly, this will not accurately reflect your skills as a reader.


Here’s what you do to finish in time.

1. Use a pencil or hand to cover up words/lines you’ve already read. This will force you to keep moving.
2. Look at the clock. You have 35 minutes to do 40 questions and read 4 reading portions.
3. Never linger on a question you don’t know for sure. All of these are worth the same amount. Move forward. Don’t risk getting one’s at the end wrong that you might know!
4. Be confident in your choice, but not afraid to change your initial answer. Studies show that changing your first answer on a multiple choice test often ends in a higher score.
5. Practice, practice, practice. Do these steps and figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. Get used to the type of questions they ask. While you’re reading, you’ll have an idea of what to look out for and you’ll feel game plan ready.

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